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Greek Cup Suspension Appealed

first_imgATHENS — The Greek soccer federation says it has appealed to the country’s highest administrative court against a government decision to suspend the Greek Cup competition following fan violence at a semifinal match.The federation says it has asked the court to expedite the case.Last week, the sports ministry took the highly unusual step of scrapping the other semifinal and the April 23 final after violence in the northern city of Thessaloniki.The referee stopped the game between local club PAOK and Olympiacos in the 90th minute after home fans threw flares onto the field and clashed with riot police as Olympiacos was leading 2-1.The federation says the government decision is unfounded and interferes with the independence of sports federations.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Dale Steyn returns for RCB after 9 years but no AB de Villiers vs KKR

first_imgDale Steyn made a comeback for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 1st time since 2010 but his former South African teammate AB de Villiers was forced to sit out after copping a blow on the helmet during RCB’s previous match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Dale Steyn was signed up by RCB a few days ago and on Friday, he replaced Umesh Yadav. Royal Challengers Bangalore need to win all their matches from hereon if they harbour any hopes of making it to the playoffs.Dale Steyn had last played for RCB in the IPL on April 24, 2010 against Deccan Chargers. He had taken 1 for 11 off 3 overs and RCB had won. 9 years ago, Steyn had played 15 matches for the Royal Challengers and picked 15 wickets with a best of 3 for 18.In 2011, Dale Steyn moved to Deccan Chargers before playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he played 1 game for Gujarat Lions but did not feature in the next two editions of the Indian Premier League.Meanwhile, in a big blow to RCB, AB de Villiers was ruled out of a crucial match against Kolkata Knight Riders. In the first match between the two teams in the 2019 Indian Premier League, de Villiers had scored a 32-ball 63 but RCB still lost by 5 wickets after an Andre Russell assault.In the 2019 IPL, AB de Villiers has scored 307 runs including 4 fifties from 8 matches. Overall, he has 4260 runs from 149 matches in the IPL.Also Read | IPL needs to get into the gym: AB de Villiers on late-night finishes in IPL 2019advertisementlast_img read more

Expected to be selected in at least one of the Indian squads: Shubman Gill

first_imgChief selector MSK Prasad in his press conference on Sunday had stated that performances of the Indian players in the unofficial ODI series against West Indies A was taken into consideration when they were selecting the limited-overs squads for the upcoming Caribbean tour.While seven players from the India A squad – Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar – made it to the ODI and T20I teams, there was one big name missing from the list, that of Shubman Gill, which caught the attention of many and even angered some fans on social media.Shubman Gill was yet again overlooked for the limited-overs series against West Indies, despite the Punjab batsman finishing at the highest scorer in the recently-concluded five-match unofficial one-day series in the West Indies.Gill amassed 218 runs from the five matches against West Indies A at an average of 54.50 which also included three half-centuries. But despite his good show with the bat, he was not picked.Instead the likes of Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, who also had a good series with the bat, made the cut into the ODI and T20I squads, leaving Gill very disappointed.”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads.”It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” Gill told CricketNext.advertisementChief selector Prasad mentioned Gill’s name during the press conference on Sunday and explained that he is on the waiting list as of now.”Shubman Gill went to New Zealand when KL Rahul was suspended. Now he is in the waiting list. Definitely, he will be considered. He was there in the scheme of things.”We have to reward the performances of India A. That’s why we have picked them. The performances of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini’s have been phenomenal,” Prasad said.Gill made his international debut for India in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year in January during which he played 2 matches, scoring 9 and 7 in the 4th and 5th ODI respectively.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Dhawan back in ODI side, Pandey and Iyer includedAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-upAlso Read | How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzlelast_img read more

Alabama Fans Will Love What Kyler Murray Said About Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray may have beaten Tua Tagovailoa out for the Heisman Trophy this season, but there is definitely a strong degree of mutual respect between the star quarterbacks.After the Heisman decision was announced, Tagovailoa gave Murray a special floral lei to celebrate his accomplishment. The two have spoken highly of each other in public as well.Today, Murray was asked by Tulsa World columnist Guerin Emig if he expects Tagovailoa to play against the Sooners in the Orange Bowl. The standout sophomore injured his ankle in Alabama’s SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.His status for the game has yet to be determined, but Murray certainly thinks Tagovailoa will be out there.“He’s a competitor,” Murray told Emig.I asked Kyler Murray if he thinks Tua is going to play in the Orange Bowl. “He’s a competitor. It’s the game before the national championship. I expect him to play. #Sooners #RollTide— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) December 12, 2018College football fans should be rooting for Tagovailoa to play. Jalen Hurts is a capable replacement, and his story of perseverance is praiseworthy, but a showdown between the top two finishers in the Heisman would be incredible.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29.ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

Georgia Landed Key Commitment Today

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia added an important commitment to its 2020 class earlier today with the addition of well-regarded kicker Jared Zirkel of Kerrville (Tex.) Tivy High School.Zirkel earned an offer after performing well in camp at Georgia earlier this month. He won the kickoff competition over 150-plus other entrants.Zirkel chose the Bulldogs over offers from Air Force and Army. He is a five-star prospect and the No. 11 kicker in the country according to Kohl’s Kicking.“I’d like to thank the University of Georgia Football staff, especially Coach Scott Fountain, Coach Greg Meyer, and Head Coach Kirby Smart for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of the UGA football team,” Zirkel tweeted. “I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Georgia to continue my education and football career. Go Dawgs!” Kerrville Texas ➡️ Athens Georgia, I would love to announce my Commitment to the University of Georgia 🔴⚫️ #GODAWGS #CommitToTheG pic.twitter.com/IRIdRLGzzz— Jared Zirkel (@JaredZirkel) June 13, 2019Kicking World, the kicking service that Zirkel trains with, describes him as having “freakish leg strength.” He hit a 59-yard field goal in a high school game last season.Zirkel also kicked a 70-yard field goal during a training session.Georgia’s current recruiting class now has 13 commitments with Zirkel in the fold. The Bulldogs have the No. 4 class in the country, per 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.last_img read more

Living history

first_img Anita Roy New Delhi March 2, 2019 ISSUE DATE: March 11, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 16:41 IST Photo by Oskar ProctorWalk along the Strand and past Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House, London, and you might just see a narrow doorway squashed between a newsagent and a pizza joint. This is the entrance to the grand-sounding Strand Continental Hotel, a six-storey Edwardian building, which houses a unique slice of Indian social history.ClimbWalk along the Strand and past Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House, London, and you might just see a narrow doorway squashed between a newsagent and a pizza joint. This is the entrance to the grand-sounding Strand Continental Hotel, a six-storey Edwardian building, which houses a unique slice of Indian social history.Climb the dingy stairwell to the India Club bar on the first floor and the rumble of traffic recedes into the background as you step out of the endless headlong rush of city life and back in time. The tables are Formica-topped and the chair legs are chipped. The oriental rugs on the laminated floorboards have been worn thin by five decades of feet making their way to and from the bar, where the drinks, Amaretto and Old Monk, Amrut whiskey and Kingfisher beer, don’t seem to have changed much either. The India Club feels like a throwback to a time when going for a curry’ was an exotic sport, racism was the norm and everyone smoked. When London was a smoggy, bomb-cratered, grimy sort of place, hauling itself slowly out of post-war privation with the help of an influx of students and workers from the colonies’.Coming to London as a student in 1953, I didn’t know a soul, says historian Kusoom Vadgama, now in her late 80s. There were no newspapers, no television, no radio, no phones. If you ever caught sight of someone in a turban or sari, you’d think: Ah! Home.The India Club, for Vadgama’s generation, became their home away from home’, the title of a recent month-long oral history exhibition at the venue, curated by the National Trust. The club grew out of the India League, which, once its goal of Indian Independence had been achieved, morphed into an organisation with a cultural and social mission to promote and further Indo-British friendship. This was the least clubbish’ of clubs, whose paint-chipped doors were open to all, college students, visiting dignitaries to India House across the road, reporters on a break from the BBC at Bush House nearby.advertisement Photo courtesy of Caroline Bond A Home Away From Home’ One of London’s most fascinating community spaces(Photo courtesy David JosephOne of the club’s founders was Chandran Tharoor (Shashi Tharoor’s father) who came to London at the age of 19 in 1949. Smita, Chandran’s daughter, reminisced about a satirical poem he wrote and performed at the club about London life at the time. It went something like: If you touch anything accidentally, the Englishman says sorry-sorry’, and for the least thing the Englishman says thank you-thank you all the time. And guess what? she laughed, it hasn’t changed!In the exhibition, the recordings are accessed by an imaginative variety of ways: a heavy Bakelite telephone receiver, a flat, push-button cassette tape player, specially pressed records that you drop on to a turntable to play. At one table, the recording is triggered when you click open a grey, Samsonite case with spring-loaded clasps and battered silver trim, complete with an empty pack of Dunhills. There are black-and-white photographs, men with Brylcreemed hair next to ladies with elaborate coifs and saris cinched-in at the waist. If walls could talk, muses Kieran Cooke, veteran BBC foreign correspondent and long-time frequenter of the club. It’s a terrible cliché, I know, but the walls here have heard so many fascinating conversations, political discussions, right across the political divide. Novelist Will Self came here first as a cash-strapped student in the 1980s to chow down on the serviceable Madras cuisine’ in the restaurant. Returning two decades later, he was delighted to find it unchanged: The world outside had horribly mutated, but in this sepia burrow, it was still India in the 1950s.But this unique little burrow may not be around much longer. In September 2017, developers put in a planning application to Westminster Council to modernise the hotel. Manager Yadgar Marker and his daughter Phiroza responded with a signature campaign that gathered 26,000 supporters. There has been a temporary stay of execution, as they look for ways to upgrade the interiors without changing the character of the place.I left, hoping fervently that they succeed. Knowing you can pop into India Club for a quick dosa for a fiver, or meet up with chums for an Old Monk, makes London seem a friendlier, dare I say, more Indian place. As I stepped back out into the bright sunlight of today’s multiracial, multilingual and multicultural city, Vadgama’s parting words still rang in my ears: It’s a place where East meets West. Eat your heart out, Kipling!advertisementFor more information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/a-home-awayfrom-home-theindia-clubYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Living history”The world outside had mutated, but in this sepia burrow, it was still India in the 1950s,” says novelist Will Self.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car of all time at Rs 131.33 crore

first_imgBugatti La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car of all time at Rs 131.33 croreLa Voiture Noire is powered by a 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres that develops 1,500 PS of power and 1,600 Nm of torque. Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 22:10 IST Bugatti La Voiture NoireHIGHLIGHTSLa Voiture Noire creates an elongated impression with its extended front end and distinctive Bugatti C-line.The bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body.Like the main headlights, the tail lights have also been specially made and fitted by hand.The French luxury brand Bugatti is known for making super expensive cars. With every new introduction, the company sets the bar higher. Now its one-off hyper sports car La Voiture Noire has sold for 16.7 million euros or Rs 131.33 crore (the amount includes the price of the car along with the taxes), making it the most expensive new car of all time. The company has not revealed the identity of the buyer yet.La Voiture Noire is powered by a 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres that develops 1,500 PS of power and 1,600 Nm of torque. There are six tailpipes at the rear.”This is not only an engine but the heart of the vehicle and a technical masterpiece. There is no other car in the world with such an engine. It is not only extremely powerful but also beautiful to look at,” Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said. Bugatti La Voiture NoireWith its extended front end and the distinctive Bugatti C-line, La Voiture Noire creates an elongated impression. The bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body and the windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows at the sides. Bugatti La Voiture NoireLike the main headlights, the tail lights have also been specially made and fitted by hand.”Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure. This is a material that has been handled perfectly,” Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé said.La Voiture Noire is a reminiscence of Type 57 SC Atlantic. Built by Jean Bugatti, Type 57 SC Atlantic is one of the most valuable classic cars in the world. Only four Atlantics were made between 1936 and 1938, each of them with detailed differences created individually for a customer. Three of these extraordinary coupés are still in existence.advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Honda Civic: Everything you need to know about the technical specifications of the tenth-generation sedanALSO READ | 2019 Honda Civic vs Skoda Octavia vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Hyundai Elantra: Prices comparedALSO READ | 2019 Honda Civic: 1,100 bookings for the premium sedan in 20 daysGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new carFollow Most expensive carFollow Most expensive new carFollow 2019 car launchFollow Bugatti car Nextlast_img read more

Humboldt tragedy New Brunswick town understands long shadow of fatal crash

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – Few Canadian towns can better understand what the people of Humboldt, Sask., are going through than Bathurst, N.B.The East Coast town recently marked the 10th anniversary of a van crash that killed seven members of a high school basketball team and the wife of its coach.“The first thing I thought was how tough it’s going to be for everybody there because we’ve kind of gone through the same thing,” said Jordan Frenette, captain of the Bathurst High School Phantoms, said of Friday’s Humboldt Broncos crash in which 15 people died and 14 were left with injuries.Frenette, now 27, said he had been ill and was resting up for another game when his team’s crash happened.“Not that I could have changed anything if I was there, but I really should’ve been there in a lot of ways,” he said in a phone interview.“The seat that I always sat in, in our van, was the one that Wayne Lord’s wife was sitting in, who passed away in the accident.”He said the community of Bathurst is still feeling tremors from the tragedy over a decade later.The van’s driver had lost control on a slushy highway, and veered into an oncoming transport truck just after midnight on Jan. 12, 2008.Separate reports on the tragedy by the RCMP and Transport Canada identified safety problems with the 15-seat-van, including worn all-season tires, broken brakes and a rusting body.The RCMP report said the 1997 Ford Club Wagon would not have passed safety inspection at the time of the accident.The deaths inspired a 2012 CBC TV movie — not on the tragedy, but on the events that followed: a year later, the reconstituted Bathurst High School Phantoms won the provincial title.Starting this year, the City of Bathurst observed a day of mourning on the anniversary by flying flags at half mast.A portable basketball net had been erected at the crash site in the hours following the accident. Ten years later, it remains, adorned with pictures of the victims — known as the Boys in Red, for their red jerseys.It is a common sight to see people stopped by the side of the highway outside Bathurst to pay their respects.“I think about this most days, whether I’m driving past that monument or not. It is something that impacted, not just me, but so many people. I think about the boys and Beth. I think about their families for whom I have tremendous empathy and respect,” John McLaughlin, the then-superintendent of the Bathurst school district, said in January in the lead-up to the anniversary.Among the 15 killed in Friday’s Saskatchewan crash are Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, captain Logan Schatz, forwards Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter, defenceman Stephen Wack and the team’s play-by-play radio announcer, Tyler Bieber.The Saskatchewan deaths also brought up painful memories for Isabelle Hains, whose son Daniel died in the Bathurst Phantoms crash.She’s since started Van Angels, an advocacy group that has successfully pushed for changes in the vehicles and rules used for student travel.Hains issued a written statement on the Van Angels website Saturday expressing her condolences to those affected by the crash in Saskatchewan.“I know how you are feeling and you are not alone,” she wrote. “There are people who love and care for you and want to help. Gather them around you for support.”By Sunday, a crowdfunding effort on the website GoFundMe had raised several million dollars for the players and families affected by the crash.— By Alex Cooke in Halifax.last_img read more

Quebec ferry service interrupted again after crash opens hole in ships bow

first_imgGODBOUT – Ferry service between Quebec’s Gaspe region and the north shore of the St. Lawrence River is once again paralyzed, this time following an accident.The MV Apollo, purchased as a temporary replacement after another ferry was sent to dry dock in December, struck the wharf in Godbout, Que., Monday, leaving a gaping hole in its bow.The Crown corporation that oversees ferry service in Quebec immediately sent investigators to the scene.Alexandre Lavoie, spokesman for the Societe des traversiers du Quebec, said the cause of the crash and the extent of the damage had not yet been determined. Investigators will interview the ferry’s captain and crew, he said.No one was injured during the incident. Service on the route that links Matane in Gaspe and Baie-Comeau and Godbout on the north shore has been indefinitely suspended.Investigators must assess the damage to the ship to establish if it can be repaired on site or needs to be sent to a shipyard.“The first thing will be to see the extent of the damage, to see how much time will be needed for a repair before the ship can go back to sea,” Lavoie said.He added that “the weather conditions were not perfect this morning, but if the captain decided to go to sea, it was because he thought the conditions were not dangerous.”The provincial Crown corporation is evaluating other options to provide passenger service. The ferry that normally serves the route, the MV F.-A.-Gauthier, is still undergoing repair at the Davie shipyard in Levis, Que.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Malala Yousafzai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

first_imgThe United Nations has lauded the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two human rights activists, saying the winners had received well-deserved recognition for championing children’s rights around the world.Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, an ardent campaigner for a girl’s right to an education, and India’s Kailash Satyarthi, an activist fighting child labour, are the joint recipients of this year’s prize.Announcing the decision in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel judges cited the winners’ “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Malala’s resilience in confronting extremists who sought to keep young girls out of school with “courage and determination,” adding that she had shown what terrorists fear most – “a girl with a book.”“Malala is a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher,” the Secretary-General said. “The United Nations will continue to stand with her against extremism and for the right of girls everywhere to be free of violence, to go to school and to enjoy their right to an education.”Yousafzai has become a regular presence at the United Nations since she was nearly killed in a targeted attack for lobbying for a girl’s right to an education. In 2013, the Secretary-General dubbed 12 July – Malala’s birthday – as “Malala Day.”Mr. Ban reserved similar accolades for Mr. Satyarthi, whose “heroic work” had pushed the world away from denial about abusive child labour to “acknowledgement, awareness and action,” raising public awareness, mobilizing opinion leaders, and galvanizing society.“Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a worldwide movement for justice, global education and a better life for millions of children trapped in exploitative child labour,” he stated, citing Mr. Satyarthi’s tireless “leadership, commitment and personal sacrifice over many decades.”“He has successfully brought together the key elements for success in the fight against the worst forms of child labour – moral outrage, personal commitment, and societal engagement,” concluded Mr. Ban.UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake also commented on the honor: “In a year that has seen so many crises affecting children around the world, the Nobel Committee’s decision is a welcome affirmation of the rights of every child to an education, to live free from violence, exploitation and abuse, and to be heard.“It is a reminder of the power of the human voice – often a young voice – to change the world. So in honoring Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize, and Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights legend – we salute activists everywhere who are working to improve the lives of children. The future of these children is the future of the world.”“Oxfam offers its heartfelt congratulations to Malala and Kailash for winning the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima. “Their fearless and tireless campaigning for education is legendary.“Education is the most powerful weapon to fight growing inequality but in recent years donor countries have made shameful cuts in their support to education. The world must redouble its efforts to ensure every child gets to finish school.”United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin congratulated the winners and highlighted the importance of their work: “Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for receiving this extraordinary honor in recognition of their extraordinary efforts to promote the rights and education of children around the world.“To end poverty, intolerance, violence, and extremism, there is no greater force than education. This award sends a powerful message that empowering and educating children, including girls, must be a top priority for the global community.“Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have been at the forefront of this movement. Malala Yousafzai embodies courage: In the face of grave danger, she has championed girls’ education and inspired the world to her cause. Kailash Satyarthi has been a passionate and effective advocate and leader for ending the exploitation of children and opening the doors of education. Both awardees have been important partners of the United Nations’ work to ensure education for all children.“It is fitting that this award comes as the world recognizes International Day of the Girl tomorrow. Malala, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever, is an example of the power of girls to change their communities and the world. Today all of us have the opportunity and the obligation to stand up for their rights.“In a world filled with challenges and crises, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are messengers of hope. They remind us that anyone can be a changemaker, and we can all play a role in building a better world.”Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles also commented: “This is an historical day for children’s rights. Children are, as we speak, living amid war, suffering attacks on their schools and being refused education. Joint prize winner Malala represents the voices of the billions of children asking for a good education. The other joint prize winner, Indian child rights campaigner, Kaylash Satyarthi, is a bold defender of those children who are cynically abused in child labor and trafficking.“This prize is a strong message to us all to stand up against all violence, discrimination and cruelty against children, especially those who are fighting for their rights. Their voices are crucial. This Nobel prize also makes children’s rights and children’s voices – their asking for the right to learn – echo in all corners of the world. Malala, who refused to be oppressed by extremism and discrimination, is a great source of inspiration for all children who desperately want to learn, especially girls.”last_img read more

On day 3 of Brazeau trial defence focuses on a necklace bra

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDay three of the assault and sexual assault trial of suspended Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau began where the previous day’s proceedings ended, with the defence cross-examining the alleged victim with questions about a necklace.The defence focused on the opening moments of the incident in the third-floor bedroom of the rented Gatineau, Que., home that ended when police arrived shortly after 9 a.m. that Thursday morning on Feb. 7, 2013, following a 911 phone call from a woman inside.Gerard Larocque zeroed in on the minutia of the opening salvos of a conflict the alleged victim says left her scratched and bruised.Larocque asked and re-asked, as an interpreter translated, about the exact moment she yanked off the necklace, which was given to her by Brazeau who said it once belonged to his mother. According to the alleged victim, the events began in full that February 2013 morning in the master bedroom, with its own bathroom, on the third-floor of the house.A tall, lanky man, with salt and pepper hair and black rimmed glasses, Larocque leaned in and out as he questioned the alleged victim who stood to his left facing the white haired and mustachioed Quebec Judge Valmont Beaulieu. At times Larocque focused intently on the alleged victim as he asked her questions, at others he would pull away, take a step or two back and sweep his gaze across the gallery packed with reporters, making eye contact with one or two.The alleged victim again repeated how Brazeau pushed her out of the room, knocking her down in a sitting position at the top of the stairs. She said Brazeau then got on the floor and started pushing her with his feet.“He’s behind you, pushing you, asking for the necklace of his mother?” said Larocque.“Yes,” she said.Then he went back to her previous testimony about having a purple turtle-neck sweater and leopard print bra in her hands when she was pushed out of the bedroom.“When you were on the stairs you had a sweater and bra with you?” said Larocque.“Leaving the bedroom I had the sweater and bra,” she said.“In your hands?” he said.“Yes, leaving, yes,” she said.Then, Larocque pressed her, recalling her previous testimony, on what hand she was using to hold onto the railing post. Was it the right? Which hand?“I remembered I hung on with one hand and two hands,” she said.Larocque then pressed her on the sweater and bra she was holding, that she said previously Brazeau grabbed from her hands later in the alleged attack.The victim said she didn’t remember the details of those moments, only that somehow the bra and sweater ended up on the stairs in front of her and that she grabbed them again as she tumbled down the stairs.“This is a story you have told to police that arrived at the house and later at the police station,” said Larocque. “You have never mentioned you let go of the sweater and bra on the stairs and then you grabbed it again.”She again said, forcefully, she didn’t remember every detail of those heated moments.“I submit that in the bedroom you moved close to my client and you started to hit him with the sweater in one hand and the bra in the other and he grabbed the bra, that is where he grabbed it and that is why you didn’t have it,” said Larocque.“It’s false,” said the woman.Then Larocque rewound the event to where she said it began to get violent. It was in the master bedroom’s bathroom, she testified previously, where she retreated to change her clothes after Brazeau demanded she immediately leave the house.The alleged victim testified she demanded Brazeau leave the bathroom as she was pulling on her jeans and was preparing to change from her tank top into the bra and purple turtle-neck sweater. She said Brazeau pushed her out of the bathroom and bedroom to the top of the stairs where she fell in a sitting position before the fall.This is not what happened, said Larocque.“I suggest that Mr. Brazeau, while in the bedroom, took a phone and dialed a number and spoke into the phone while you were in the bathroom,” said Larocque.“I don’t know,” said the woman.“I suggest that while you were changing Mr. Brazeau made a phone call,” he said.“I don’t remember,” she said.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty to both assault and sexual assault charges.Tuesday’s court hearing heard testimony from the alleged victim who recounted her dramatic journey from Colombia to Canada.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

DDA launches new housing scheme online

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority Monday launched its new housing scheme online, which offers nearly 18,000 flats across four categories, officials said. The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 which opened to receive applications in the morning, has “received three lakh hits” on the urban body’s website, they said. “As many as 17,922 flats are on offer on four categories –HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS. The scheme closes on May 10,” a senior DDA official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe flats available in the four categories are –488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS), he said. For the EWS category, application fee is Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh for the LIG category and Rs 2 lakh for MIG and HIG flats. The scheme is for sale of nearly 18,000 newly built flats in Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas. Application forms can be accessed online on websites of 13 empanelled banks, the official said.last_img read more

Patralekhaa makes me proud

first_imgMumbai: National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao has praised his girlfriend and actor Patralekhaa. He says the Citylight actor makes him proud. Rajkummar recently shared a poster of Patralekhaa’s next film titled Badnaam Gali along with a poster of his forthcoming film Mental Hai Kya. In the image, Patralekhaa can be seen with a blooming baby bump and actor Divyendu Sharma in a shocked expression. Cheering for the actor, Rajkummar captioned: “It doesn’t happen quite often that both our posters come out on the same day. You wonder girl Patralekhaa. You make me proud.” The Zee 5 original film Badnaam Gali is all set to release on May 10, 2019. Rajkummar starrer Mental Hai Kya, however, has been postponed to June for release. Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, it will release on June 21. The couple, who was first seen in Citylights in 2012, have been dating since then.last_img read more

The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending March 22:Fiction1. A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain, narrated by Hillary Huber (Audible Studios)2. Wishes and Wellingtons by Julia Berry, narrated by Jayne Entwistle (Audible Studios)3. Junk by Les Bohem, narrated by John Waters (Audible Studios)4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)5. Sakina’s Restaurant by Aasif Mandvi, narrated by Aasif Mandvi (Audible Studios)6. Celtic Empire: A Dirk Pitt Adventure by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler, narrated by Scott Brick (Penguin Audio)7. The Other Woman: A Novel by Daniel Silva, narrated by George Guidall (HarperAudio)8. Run Away by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Audio)9. Court Wizard: Spellmonger, Book 8 by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee (HarperAudio)10. Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison, narrated by Eva Kaminsky, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy, Caitlin Davies, Amy McFadden, Pete Simonelli (Harlequin Enterprises, Limited)Nonfiction1. The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough, narrated by Steve White (Audible Studios)2. The New York Times Digest by The New York Times, narrated by Mark Moran (The New York Times)3. The Wall Street Journal Digest by The Wall Street Journal, narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright (The Wall Street Journal)4. The Washington Post Digest by The Washington Post, narrated by Sam Scholl, Jenny Hoops (The Washington Post)5. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio)6. The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great by Ben Shapiro, narrated by Ben Shaprio (HarperAudio)7. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)8. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)9. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)10. The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman, narrated by Susie Berneis (Dreamscape Media, LLC)—–The Associated Press read more

UN 10 million North Koreans suffering severe food shortages

ROME — About 10 million people in North Korea are facing “severe food shortages” after the East Asian nation had one of the worst harvests in a decade, the United Nations’ top food agencies said Friday.The shortfall is the result of climatic conditions such as drought and flooding as well as a lack of fuel and fertilizers — in part caused by international sanctions aimed at getting leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.A joint assessment from the World Food Program and the Food and Agricultural Organization estimates North Korea’s production from the 2018-19 harvest was 4.9 million metric tons — the lowest in a decade.“Following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest,” the agencies said.An assessment mission carried out last month found “worryingly low food consumption levels, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals or eat less,” they added.The situation is “particularly worrisome for young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, who are the most vulnerable to malnutrition,” it added.The report expressed concern about a lack of dietary diversity, which is vital to good nutrition.“Many families survive on a monotonous diet of rice and kimchi most of the year, eating very little protein,” said WFP’s Nicolas Bidault, co-leader of the mission.“This is worrying because many communities are already extremely vulnerable and any further cuts to already minimal food rations could push them deep into a hunger crisis,” he added.FAO senior economist Mario Zappacosta, who co-led the mission, said the assessment found that wintertime conditions left crops exposed to freezing temperatures, cutting production by about one-fifth.According to the report, teams were granted access to co-operative farms, rural and urban households, nurseries and public distribution centres and were able to speak to households, farmers, government officials and others.The Associated Press read more

2 Big Myths of UC Debunked

This topic came up during the Enterprise Summit panel earlier this year at Enterprise Connect 2019, as discussed in the recent No Jitter post, “Team Collaboration: Integration or Standardization?” During the panel, the speakers acknowledged the need to balance tools standardization with meeting diverse business needs. As one panel member put it: “… to focus on that one size fits all would definitely be the wrong way.” unicorn_774.png Panelists also touched on one of the biggest roadblocks to UC adoption — the proprietary nature of UC applications and the lack of integration. As a result, communications often become fractured and disjointed — quite the opposite of “unified.” By comparison, any telephone can call and connect with any other telephone; any email client can send email to any other email client. But a common UC app is required to communicate with other users of the same app. For those users who need to collaborate with multiple external parties, the lack of interoperability among disparate collaboration solutions means having multiple tools for similar functions. Even the average user will find joining external conference calls often means having to download still another app or browser plugin. It gets even worse when trying to leverage the full set of UC tools with several different teams from various organizations. Many IT execs are finally listening to their internal business leaders and acknowledging that a single UC solution may not be appropriate for their businesses (and all their users). A single UC tool may be easier to support and offer a common experience, but forcing an IT-centric view on the business often leads to the problem of shadow IT, with users seeking tools that provide them a better and more customized fit. (See related No Jitter post, “Can an Enterprise Get to a Single UC Platform?”) In many organizations, there’s an ongoing battle between the IT group and business units. For logical (if self-serving) reasons related to control, support, and security, many IT leaders want to limit the number of communications tools in the enterprise. But when the IT team chooses a UC platform for IT reasons, often the business side of the organization disagrees with the choice and resists the change. This is especially true when a business unit has already deployed a collaboration solution for a specific need. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Wikipedia uses 73 words to define unified communications and lists 18 communications functions that are integrated under UC. Despite this, many UC vendors continue to tell us that they have the one-and-only communications and collaboration tool required, because this tool will meet all user needs. Although UC&C tools can improve productivity and sometimes even be transformative, the current products and the state of the industry prevents UC from living up to the definition of making communications “uniform or whole.” Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Considering the expression “a camel is a horse designed by a committee,” perhaps the perfect UC tool is a unicorn — a completely mythical product designed by marketing committees. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Click below to continue to Page 2: The Second Big MythTags:News & ViewsCommunications functionsBest of BreedinteroperabilityUnified Communications & CollaborationAnalyst InsightDigital WorkplaceEnterprise ConnectSCTCUser Adoption & Training12nextlast Articles You Might Like Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. The First Big Myth: One Tool for AllDespite the desire of most UC vendors, it’s difficult for most large organizations to find a single UC tool that meets the needs of all users. Unless the business has a singular focus and the vast majority of employees are knowledge workers with a common role (such as a professional services firm), it’s hard to align every employee’s communications requirements with one tool. In many firms, not all employees work at a computer or carry a smartphone, but everyone still needs to communicate. Log in or register to post comments read more

Italys winless streak continues

first_imgThe Italian football national football team extended their winless streak to five games after their 1-1 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly on Wednesday night.The Azzurri, fielding an experimental line-up, produced a fine first half display but couldn’t secure the victory as Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine earned a well-deserved away draw.Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini made changes to the team that 1-0 to European champions Portugal during last month’s UEFA Nations League game in Lisbon.The former Manchester City manager started the game with the attacking trio of Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli and Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, and would have been impressed with their first half display, as the combined to create a number of chances but couldn’t find a way past Andriy Pyatov in Ukraine’s goal before half time.Bernardeschi got the ball roiling for the former world champions when his low strike found its way past Pyatov to hand the Italians the lead in the 55th minute.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….However, the joy of the Italian supporters was short lived, as Ruslan Malinovskyi levelled seven minutes later with a low shot which Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to see late. The visitors almost took the lead when Malinovskyi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick.The game took a short break in the 43rd minute for one minute’s applause in memory of the 43 people who lost their lives when a motorway bridge collapsed in the city on Aug. 14.“We deserved to score a couple of goals tonight, we have to improve on this aspect and continue on this path,” said Mancini, according to ESPN.“We need to be more incisive.”last_img read more

SANDAG report reveals decrease in juvenile arrests in San Diego

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SANDAG report reveals decrease in juvenile arrests in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- For the tenth year in a row, juvenile arrests continue to go down in San Diego County. The report just released by SANDAG takes a looks at trends and law enforcement response to crime in 2017.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries shows us the highlights from the report. Posted: December 14, 2018 December 14, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:22 PM KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Native Advertising Sticky or Icky

first_imgBut the comebacks listed in the BuzzFeed story never once mentioned Hostess. It was all about other stuff.It was actually a pretty good list, and pretty funny, too, despite small errors and its ‘intern-pulled-the-factoids-off-Wikipedia’ feel. So were the comments, not all of which were complimentary. “Uh, Arrested Development was canceled in Feb 2006, and the new season, specifically for Netflix, had 15 episodes. It really isn’t hard to check up on simple facts before submitting an ‘article,’” went one.At the FOLIO: and Min MediaMashup event in April, one of the speakers was asked to define native advertising. “Advertising that doesn’t suck,” he said.That’s an awesome description, for native or traditional forms. But with native, there are new ways to create superior value for an advertiser (and reader/user) and also new ways to mess things up.Check out QZ.com for a clean, elegant way to do in-stream native advertising. Consider that the advertising is in the form of storytelling. Not a marketing pitch. Think too about the value provided to an advertiser to be fully integrated into a site’s content stream—where you see the ad as you scroll, and the ad’s content comes up in a search. That’s incredible advertising value.But then there’s the flip side: Done poorly, native advertising in a content stream can seem spammy. It can disrupt the flow of content, not enhance it. It can make your page look like a dissonant cacophony, and put your credibility at risk when people open a page and see yellow-tinted ads where you think they shouldn’t be.It’s a double-edged sword, and I admit that I’m not sure I like everything BuzzFeed is doing. That might be, though, that their formulaic approach kind of gets old quick. The fun of media consumption is in being surprised, and even delighted, in unexpected ways. The second story on BuzzFeed’s website Friday morning was…wait for it…“12 Comebacks We Can All Agree With.”(I say ‘wait for it’ because anyone who knows BuzzFeed’s editorial approach knows its love for lists.)It was a sponsored story—paid advertising—posted on behalf of Hostess, whose Twinkies and other brands are back after the production ceased and the company downsized nearly out of existence last year.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Hermine Likely to Bring Rain and Wind to Maryland This

first_imgMEMA is Monitoring the Storm and Making PreparationsREISTERSTOWN, Md. — Tropical Storm Hermine could bring significant rainfall and wind to portions of Maryland beginning Saturday morning, making for a potentially hazardous Labor Day weekend. The Storm, which is currently located over Florida, is moving north-northeast and is forecast to be located off the Eastern Shore of Maryland by Saturday. Rain, wind and localized flooding may continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.NASA’S AQUA SATELLITE CAPTURED TROPICAL STORM, NOW HURRICANE HERMINE AS IT CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. NASA GODDARD IMAGEThe National Weather Service (NWS) has issued tropical storm warnings for St. Mary’s, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. In addition to tropical storm force rain and wind, these areas could experience tidal and coastal flooding.“Marylanders need to monitor trusted weather sources, such as the NWS weather forecast offices and local news stations, in order to stay updated on this tropical system and associated rain,” said Russ Strickland, executive director of MEMA. “Residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore should pay extra attention—tropical storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly.”Those in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for pets.Find out more information about hurricane and storm preparedness on our website mema.maryland.gov or follow our Twitter feed @MDMEMA, Facebook page and Instagram account, or by viewing our hurricane preparedness whiteboard video.last_img read more